The Internet: a distraction or an asset?

I think both Rheingold and Carr are right to some extent. One of my sources used in the Literature Review talks about a similar issue. Is technology disconnecting us? Henry Rubin, an American filmmaker says that technology can bring us closer but it can also tear us apart. He believes that “it’s all about the power of human communication" and not technology itself. In other words, technology is just a reflection of our own actions and/or personalities and it cannot be positive or negative by itself. In his opinion, technology can have a negative effect only if you lack self-control.

Larry Rosen, past chair and professor of psychology at California State University conducted a study to determine if technology is distracting students. The result; students could concentrate for an average of 5 minutes at most before becoming distracted. Many people believe that multitasking is being able to focus on different tasks at the same time. I do not believe this to be true. You can only pay full attention to only one thing at the time. Multitasking is rather performing multiple tasks at the same time.

Another aspect that Rheingold talks about is how to be digitally responsible. No doubt what we post on the internet has an impact on those who read our posts, but also has an impact on us (the writers). In a previous blog we talked about social media and the work place and how certain comments or pictures can determine your chance to get hired or fired… There is a tip that I found in regards to social media: never post something that you would not want your boss or family to see.

Rheingold also talked about search engines and mindfulness. He suggests that we should only search for reliable, useful information. While I do agree with him I don’t believe this to be possible. What might be useful or good information for me might not be for others and vice versa. Also, now that we have the opportunity to get answers for whatever crosses our mind…Rheingold believes that  "finding what you really need to know and knowing how to sort the good from the bad info are complementary (and essential) skills in today's infosphere."





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